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IAF claims 'irrefutable evidence' of shooting down Pakistan F-16

Air Vice Marshal R G K Kapoor showed journalists radar images to assert the Indian Air Force's claims

BS Web Desk  |  New Delhi 

IAF Wing Commander #AbhinandanVarthaman returns to India.
IAF Wing Commander #AbhinandanVarthaman returns to India.

India on Monday said it has "irrefutable evidence" that it shot down a Pakistani fighter jet in an aerial combat on February 27, responding after an American news publication doubted its claim.

Air Vice Marshal R G K Kapoor showed journalists radar images to prove Indian Air Force's (IAF) claim. "The has irrefutable evidence of not only the fact that was used by Air Force on February 27, but also that an 21 Bison shot down a Air Force F-16," Kapoor said.

"There is no doubt that two aircraft went down in the aerial engagement on February 27, one of which was a Bison of while the other was an of PAF conclusively identified by its electronic signature and radio transcripts," he said without taking questions.

The IAF has more credible evidence that the F-16 was brought down, but couldn't make it public because of "security and confidentiality concerns".

American magazine 'Foreign Policy' on April reported that a US military had counted the F-16s with Pakistan--and found none missing.

The report contradicted the claim made by New Delhi that the IAF shot down an F-16 jet of

India has maintained that IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman had engaged with one of the Pakistani F-16s and shot it down before his Mig-21 Bison was downed.

Varthaman was captured by Pakistan and was released after spending nearly 60 hours in Pakistani custody.

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: Mon, April 08 2019. 18:33 IST